October’s featured article
Hanging With The Honu
by John Johnson
September has been a hot month. The last couple weeks have real steamers, with the temperatures and the humidity high while the trade winds have gone elsewhere to blow. In the midst of all this, I think the heat has gone to some people’s heads.
In the middle of the heat wave, lots of people have the same idea—“let’s get in the water.” That and the glassy conditions led to me and a friend taking a trip to the north shore to shoot pictures of the turtles. It’s no secret that there are places on the north shore where the limu grows thick on rocks close to shore and this growth attracts the hungry honu.
These places are great for taking pictures and turtle-watching.
Unfortunately, you can also observe a lot of questionable people behavior.
As the honu have become more popular, places like Laniakea have become problematic. Traffic long ago became a nightmare as turtle watchers swarmed across the road in asynchronous fashion, interrupting traffic and slowing it down to a crawl.
The traffic alone wasn’t the problem. Another issue is that man (and woman), when not prevented from doing so, are capable of doing some pretty bone-headed things with respect to nature. I have seen people crowd the honu, touch them, ride them, and pull at them. I have even seen people who thought it was funny to try to pose a cigarette butt in the mouth of a turtle for a picture…